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We are pleased to announce the merger of LGBT Studies Program and the Women’s Studies Department. LGBT Studies and Women’s Studies at Maryland have a long history of collaboration, and the teaching and research interests of the two units are closely allied. Bringing them together administratively will make new synergies possible by combining a range of approaches to the study of sex, gender, sexuality, and normativity on campus.

Current and future students interested in LGBTQ issues will be able to pursue either an LGBT certificate or a minor in LGBT Studies. The LGBT certificate is a 21-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 15 required and 6 elective credits designed to complement any student’s major field of study. The minor is a 15-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 12 required and 3 elective credits.

‪Congratulations to undergraduates Molly N Bauman, Abigail Gartrell, Charlene Osei, Chelsea Pasahow, Chardai Stokes, Jordan Stoner, and Joan Tsai, who were inducted into TRIOTA, the Women’s Studies honor society, at a ceremony on January 29, 2014.‬

Congratulations to:
—Donnesha Blake, Avery Dame, Eve Grice, Tangere Hoagland, Sun Hye Kim, Sina Lee, and Justin Sprague, for passing their General Exams.
—Laura Brunner, Michele Prince, and Jessica Vooris for passing their Major Field Exams.
—yh Patt, Jeannette Soon-Ludes, and Katie White, for successfully defending their dissertation prospectuses.

Our application deadline is December 2nd, 2013. Our online admissions process can be found at If you have any questions please contact Ms. Cliffornia Pryor at, or Dr. Deborah Rosenfelt at

Read about our new cohort, graduate students’ publications and awards, and other grad program news in the Graduate Director’s Newsletter, Fall 2013 [Newsletter]
November 15th is the deadline to submit applications for the Graduate Certificate. You can find the form under the “Academics” tab.
Spring 2014 Graduate course list [Graduate Courses]

We congratulate and celebrate the achievements and awards of: –Julie Enszer, who has received a one-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies here at UM. –Lara Torsky, who has been appointed Director of Annual Giving at St. Timothy’s School, a position that fulfills her interest in academic administration and offers valuable experience in fund-raising. –Jessica Vooris, who received a scholarship award from the LGBT Equity Center in honor of her contributions to the LGBT campus community. –Katie White, who received the Graduate School Summer Research Fellow Award.

Our WMST librarian, Judith Markowitz, has created a portal to a number of open access feminist journals. We are hoping to get a more permanent fixture on our website for this resource port, but until then, here is a link. []

Please see attached document for Graduate course listings, Fall 2013 [Grad Courses Fall 2013]

Read about our new cohort, graduate students’ publications and awards, and other grad program news in the Graduate Director’s Newsletter, Fall 2012 [PDF]

Women’s Studies celebrates our May 2012 graduates, including newly minted PhDs Rajani Seetal Bhatia and Geneviève Pagé; MA recipients Jeannette Irene Kiyoko Soon-Ludes, Lara Piccolo Torsky, and Katie Marie White; and numerous undergraduates who completed our major, certificate program, and/or Black Women’s Studies minor. Congratulations, all! Special congratulations to Charissa Powell, recipient of our Undergraduate Award, and to Dr. Bhatia, Graduate Speaker at the American Studies and Women’s Studies Commencement ceremony.

Check out our Fall 2012 course listings on Testudo or download PDFs of WMST course listings here.

Applications for the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate Program are considered twice per year: for fall admission, applications must be received by April 15; for spring admission, applications must be received by November 15.

Applications to join Triota: The Honor Society for Women’s Studies at UMD this semester are due Thursday, April 12, 2012. Applications and instructions are on the Triota webpage.

Congratulations to Bettina Judd, who has been awarded a Five College Fellowship. The Five College Fellowship Program offers year-long residencies for doctoral students who are completing their dissertations. Bettina will be among their fellows for the academic year 2012/13 with a residency at Mount Holyoke College. Bettina has also been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship by the UMD Graduate School for the 2012-13 academic year.

Graduating senior Charissa Powell has been accepted into the Master’s of Library Science graduate program here at UMD.  Congratulations, Charissa!

PhD Candidate Julie Enszer has been selected to receive a 2012 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. In addition, Enszer has been named the Ostriker Fellow this year, a special designation awarded to the Women’s Studies Fellow whose work is the most outstanding in the field of literary studies. In the words of the award committee, Enszer’s project “stood out as one of the most impressive works in the field of print culture and literature.” Congratulations, Julie!

Women’s Studies major Sarah Singer has been selected for a Maryland Summer Scholars (MSS) award for 2012. MSS provides funding for undergraduate students to enhance their academic experience by spending the summer working closely with UMD faculty mentors on scholarly research or artistic projects. Congratulations, Sarah!

Women’s Studies congratulates Octavia Sykes on her admission to the MSW and Master’s of Education programs at Widener University. Best wishes, Octavia!

Consider joining members of the WMST department in Annapolis to support the Higher Education Equity Act that would grant graduate students, non-tenure track faculty, and tenure track faculty the right to engage in collective bargaining over wages, conditions, and benefits. Sessions will be held Tuesday, March 6th, 1pm in the House Appropriations Committee and Thursday, March 8th, 1pm in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Transportation from College Park will be provided. Organizers are also looking for teachers and researchers to testify in session or in writing. Contact Todd Reynolds at for more details.

We are proud to announce the publication of a collection with several UMD WMST authors: Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). Included essays are: “Digital Gender Story Project: Teaching Gender in the Digital Age,” by L. Ayu Saraswati (PhD 2007); “Women’s Health and Well-Being: A Transcultural/Transnational Teaching and Learning Collaboration,” by Kimberlee Staking (PhD Candidate); and “Feminist Worlding: Media Ecologies Learning,” by Katie King (Faculty), Jarah Moesch (AMST PhD program), and the students of Share It!, A Women’s Studies Senior Seminar, University of Maryland, College Park. A PDF of the first 30 pages is available here.

Dr. Katie King has published a new book, Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell. It is available from Duke University Press.

Dr. Jeffrey McCune has been awarded a seed grant from the Qualitative Research Interest Group of the University of Maryland Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, for “Some Place Like a Home: An Ethnographic Study of Homelessness Among LGBT Youth of Color.”

“Race, Sexuality, and African American Women Representing the Nation: An Interview with Elsa Barkley Brown” is published in The Americanist: Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States, Vol. XXVI (2011), 17-36.

Women’s Studies extends its congratulations to Octavia Sykes who was selected as one of the Senior Marshals for the December 2012 Commencement ceremony. The Senior Marshal program, founded in 1991, recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated the highest levels of scholarship, service to the campus community, extracurricular involvement, and personal growth. They are nominated campus-wide by faculty, administrators and staff and selected through an application process. Senior Marshals help facilitate and guide Commencement’s student processional, and are recognized at the ceremony. Marshals also attend a luncheon held in their honor, hosted by the University President.

Congratulations to Ana Perez who received the LASC (Latin American Studies Center) Graduate Student Research Grant. This grant will support Ana as she completes the final leg of her interviews for her dissertation entitled Güeras, Morenas, y Prietas: “Color Talk” Among Mexican Women.

Rajani Bhatia, Ph.D. student, traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, in early November to present a paper entitled “Contemporary Sex Selection: Shifting Forms of Reproduction, Transnational Flows and Inequality” at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science.

Congratulations to Kara DeMilio who was honored at the annual Scholars Award Program on November 3 as one of seven College of Arts and Humanities Deans’ Senior Scholars for 2011-12 in recognition of her extraordinary record of academic performance and community service and leadership.

Triota, UMD’s Women’s Studies Honor Society, would like to congratulate the following students who were inducted at the winter ceremony: Caitlin Bourne, Neva Bowers, Ariel Brown, Abbey Lyons, Valerie Mickiewicz, Jacqueline Studley, Patricia Tuon, and Mikeisha Williams. Anyone interested in Triota should e-mail us at, or see our Facebook page or our website.

Review of PhD candidate Bettina Judd’s September 2011 poetry reading at Busboys and Poets

Interview with alumna Sarah Tillery (Ph.D. 2007) about her work coordinating the Service-Learning Program at Portland Community College

Dr. Ruth Zambrana releases a new book: Latinos in American Society: Families and Communities in Transition (Cornell University Press, 2011). [PDF Flyer]

Dr. Michelle Rowley’s book is now available: Feminist Advocacy and Gender Equity in the Anglophone Caribbean: Envisioning a Politics of Coalition (Routledge, 2010).

Congratulations to Dr. Ruth Zambrana, the winner of the 2011 Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Latinos/as Section.

Women’s Studies welcomes two new Associate Professors, Drs. Aswhini Tambe and Catherine Schuler [PDF Flyer]

Congratulations to Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill on her appointment as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, effective August 1, 2011 for the next two years. Thanks and congratulations also to Professors Deborah Rosenfelt and Seung-kyung Kim who have agreed to serve as Interim Chairs for the Women’s Studies Department: Dr. Rosenfelt, from August 1-January 8, 2012; and Dr. Kim, from January 9-June 30, 2012. The department anticipates a search for a permanent Chair during the upcoming academic year.

Julie Enszer is awarded a Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for “The Whole Naked Truth of our Lives: Lesbian Print Culture in the United States from 1969-1989.”

Rajani Bhatia and Julie Enszer are awarded Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships.

Mary Bazemore receives a Summer Research Fellowship for 2011.

Congratulations to PhD student Katie White for winning the Art, Literature and Society poster session at UMD’s Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) in April 2011.

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Boswell (2010 WMST Alum) for being chosen the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Faculty Fellow.

Congratulations to Ruth Zambrana and WMST Affiliate Martha Nell Smith, ARHU Advance Professors [PDF Flyer]

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Rowley on the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE) Seed Grant Award [PDF Flyer]

PhD candidate Kimberlee Staking participates in a roundtable at Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Washington, DC, June 2011: “Teaching Women’s Studies: Exploring Student Engagement in Technology-Rich Collaborative Learning Communities.”

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